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Pork Belly and Smoked Sausage Cassoulet


The last time (and only time) I’ve ever made cassoulet, it was a bit of a Noah’s Ark affair. There was duck, there was sausage, there was bacon.

Paris Highlights


Travel is a funny thing. The more you build it up in your head, the less likely you are to do it. Which is why, a few months ago, when our friends Harry and Cris told us that they were going to France for Christmas and New Year’s (Cris is from Bordeaux), I spontaneously suggested that we all spend New Year’s together in Paris.

My Ten Favorite Dishes That I Cooked in 2017


Was this the best cooking year of my life? (Oh no, there I go saying “best” again.) But, looking back on the past 365 days, I feel like I really came into my own this year in the kitchen.

My Favorite Restaurant Meals of 2017


When you’ve been food blogging for long enough, your old posts can act as your own personal culinary archives.

A Response From America’s Test Kitchen


After posting yesterday’s post about applesauce and “best recipes,” I woke up to an e-mail this morning from Tucker Shaw, who’s the new editor-in-chief of Cook’s Country at America’s Test Kitchen.

There Is No Such Thing As The Best Recipe


OK, I’m going to tell you a secret, and maybe it’s an obvious secret, one that you already know (especially since it’s the title of this post), but I also think it’s a secret most people don’t want to acknowledge: there is no such thing as the best recipe.

Cyber Monday at Trois Mec


I had a very good Cyber Monday, if I do say so myself. My KitchenAid mixer has been in decline every since that time, years ago, that I was using it to knead bread dough and heard a giant BOOM in the kitchen, only to discover it had toppled on to the floor, cracking a tile in the process.

Whole Date Oatmeal


I’ve been making the same oatmeal almost every day for the past few weeks and the time has come for me to share it with you.

My Favorite Restaurant in L.A. Right Now Is Botanica


There’s this notion that there’s an objective answer to the question, “Where’s the best place to eat in (insert city name) right now?

The Tomato Test


Why is it that there are things in this life that we KNOW are good for us and yet we don’t do them? Even if they’re easy?

Lots of Seafood Cooked in a Big Pot with White Wine, Tomatoes, and Chiles de Arbol (Plus: Tahini Halva Brownies)


Cooking seafood for a crowd has never been my forté. The first time that I did it, over ten years ago!

Teaching My Friend Jonathan How To Cook


The idea of me teaching someone how to cook a few years ago would’ve been pretty laughable. I am, after all, The Amateur Gourmet, not The Gourmet Who Knows Enough About Cooking To Teach Others How To Do It (try loading that into your browser).

My Roast Chicken Secrets Revealed


A year or two ago, I got rid of my roasting pan. Not because I’m anti-roasting pan, or because I needed the space, but because I realized that my roasting pan had a non-stick surface and that I’d been scratching it up with a metal spatula over the years and that there was a teensy, tiny chance I’d been exposing myself and my loved ones to carcinogens whenever I roasted a chicken and that we’re all going to die and it’s all my fault.

Grapefruit, Blood Orange, Campari Sorbet


I once wrote a post on here called Ten Things You Should Never Serve At A Dinner Party that was mildly controversial.

Introvert’s Rigatoni with Sausage and Broccolini


People who meet me are often surprised when I describe myself as an introvert. On the surface, I come across as outgoing, exuberant even, but secretly I find human interaction to be very exhausting.

Love Is Like A Frito Pie


I had some very special guests coming over this past Wednesday and so I spent the weekend before that trying to figure out what to make.

Everybody Loves Romano Beans


Recently on Twitter, someone named @Bobby Tweeted: “The worst writing online is those quirky 17-paragraph preambles recipe bloggers post before telling you what to put in your fuckin lasagna.” You might think that a Tweet like this (which has over 12,000 likes and 3,000 RTs) might enrage someone like me who spent over a decade of my life writing quirky seventeen-paragraph preambles before telling people what to put in their f-ing lasagna, but actually, I totally agree with this Tweet.

A Trip To Bologna By Way of Rossoblu in Downtown L.A.


My friend Toby spent a summer in Bologna during college and over the past few weeks (months?) he’s been talking to me about going to this new Italian restaurant in downtown L.A.

You Know You Want To Stir Ricotta Into Your Pasta


You’re going to start calling me a broken record on here. In fact, me saying that “I’m a broken record on here” feels like something I’ve said before.

Fun with Chiles


This will shock none of you, especially if you know me in real life, but I’m something of a wimp. Roller coasters?


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